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UW–Madison will not require standardized test scores for fall 2020 applicants

July 29, 2020

Through a waiver of University of Wisconsin System admissions policy, prospective freshman applying this fall to UW–Madison will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores. The university will go before the board in August to seek a longer-term waiver of the test requirement.

Chancellor Blank shares update on Smart Restart plans

July 28, 2020

In her latest blog post, Chancellor Blank provides an update on health and safety and other planning for the academic year.

Smart Restart update for UW–Madison employees

July 27, 2020

Provost Karl Scholz and Vice Chancellor Laurent Heller share more information about campus operations this fall.

Chancellor Blank statement on state agency funding lapse

July 22, 2020

Chancellor Blank released the following statement on July 22, 2020: “Today’s announcement by Governor Evers and the Department of Administration that state agencies will…

COVID questions: Choosing a mask, food safety

July 22, 2020

Editor’s note: We will be publishing answers to questions about COVID-19 and the pandemic each week in this COVID questions column. If you have a…

UW–Madison establishes free, campus-wide COVID-19 testing to support campus reopening

July 17, 2020

Two campus labs are coming together again in support of efforts to provide free COVID-19 testing to the entire campus community. The goal is to identify infections, isolate and care for those who are sick, and limit the spread of the disease.

Lakeshore preserve reduces hours, closes fire circles

July 14, 2020

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Lakeshore Nature Preserve is now open sunrise to sunset and fire circles have been closed.

With UW–Madison support, Wisconsin joins lawsuit against student visa changes

July 13, 2020

"Our international students are valued members of our community," says Chancellor Blank. "We must do all we can to welcome them here. We will continue work alongside UW System, Attorney General Kaul and state and federal legislators to support international students and advocate for them."

Public Health Madison & Dane County releases new orders requiring face coverings

July 8, 2020

Effective on Monday, everyone age 5 and older will be required to wear a face covering or mask when in any enclosed building where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, could be present.

Chancellor Blank statement on new ICE rule

July 7, 2020

Chancellor Rebecca Blank shared the following statement on Tuesday, July 7. New guidance on Monday, July 6 from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program…

COVID-19 testing: Know before you go

July 7, 2020

With public demand for COVID-19 diagnostic testing increasing significantly, it is important that patients and the community understand where to seek testing, depending on whether one is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or not.

Increase in COVID-19 cases in Dane County prompts new guidelines

July 3, 2020

Whether you’re staying local or traveling for the holiday weekend, it is important to limit your potential exposure to the virus at this time when cases are increasing locally and across the country.

International student reopening message

June 24, 2020

We know there are many uncertainties still for our international students, and we acknowledge how stressful it is not having the information you need to make decisions for the fall semester. We assure you that we are listening to your concerns and are working quickly to address the questions we can, provide clarity on those we cannot, and advocate for you in spaces we can influence.

Campus event, travel restrictions extended through August 17

June 23, 2020

The extension is to help limit the spread of the disease and keep students, faculty, staff and the public safe.

Statement from Chancellor Blank on state funding for COVID-19 expenses

June 17, 2020

"Any additional funding is important and appreciated as we move to safely reopen campus this fall," Chancellor Blank said. The pandemic has already had a $120+ million impact on our campus operation."

Chancellor Blank’s reopening message to campus

June 17, 2020

After much deliberation and input from public health experts and all corners of campus, we can announce our plans to welcome students back to campus this fall as scheduled on September 2, with many modifications to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Libraries Launch “Pickup by Appointment” Service

June 10, 2020

On June 15th, campus libraries are launching a “Pickup by Appointment Service.” The service offers the opportunity to begin accessing some of our physical collections…

Inbound Non-degree Seeking Exchanges Cancelled for Fall 2020 Semester

May 27, 2020

The university is cancelling incoming exchanges for the fall 2020 semester for international non-degree seeking students. This decision does not apply to students in other…

Phased return to on-campus research

May 27, 2020

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education’s guide to resuming research in UW–Madison facilities is now available online.

CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Report

May 22, 2020

Originally posted 9:29 AM, May 22, 2020 and updated on October 21, 2020 The University of Wisconsin–Madison received funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and…